Something Old into Something New
I am a Graphic Designer in the Boston area. As a graphic designer I must always keep learning … and embrace design challenges for print, web or, as in this challenge, manual craft! I have always wanted to learn to reupholster a chair. I found this great channel-back chair with wood trim, probably from the 50′s. It is comfortable to sit in with its cushioned seat, curved back and side arms. It is a classic and clean design … but needed to be reupholstered. I am taking this opportunity to embrace the challenge. I have enrolled in a class to learn to reupholster this chair. There are about 8 – 10 other students, each with their own chair-challenge, this one is mine.
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Pull fabric off, remove the tacks and glue the lose joints (after using the mallet as a convincer). Keep tightly clamped & let dry to be ready for Stage 2.
Stage 2:All fabric removed, glue is dry and ready for webbing and burlap, Stage 3.
Materials and Tools Needed for this Upholstery Project
These are the list of tools, supplies or materials that I uses for this upholstery experiment.
- Measuring tape
- Tack and Staple Remover (Tool #121)
- Tack claw (Osborne # 202)
- Magnetic hammer (Osborne #222)
- 10″ Upholstery shears (Osborne #684-10)
- Ripping tool (Osborne #402)
- Curved needles (Osborne #K-3)
- Straight-point needles (Osborne # K-5)
- Upholstery pins (Osborne #190)
- 6-oz. Upholstery tacks
- Marking chalk (Osborne #88)
- 1” or 4” foam
- cushion foam
- cotton batting
- Italian Ruby twine – 1 lb. spool
- spring-tying twine
- spring nails
- fabric: 5/32” welt
Staple webbing and burlap, prepare for adding cotton in Stage 4.
Over the burlap of the arms, cover with cotton, stuff & secure roll for the front to hold the foam cushion in place, arms are ready for muslin in Stage 5.
Cover arms with muslin, add cotton to the burlapped seat. The seat is ready to add the foam, in Stage 6.
Staple the foam onto the seat, add more cotton over the stapled area, then the seat is ready for muslin in Stage 7.
Cover the foamed seat and cotton-covered arms with muslin, staple in place and ready for creating the channels in Stage 8.
For creating the channels, cut the fabric (this is the fabric, NOT muslin, I chose a light, soft cotton linen) in tapered angles. These started at 5 inches wide and tapered down to 3 inches wide. Once the material is cut, ready for sewing in Stage 9.
Sewing! For creating the channels, sew the inner material (brown here) and the fabric together. When finished, there will be a fan-shaped piece with channels to fill with cotton in Stage 11. The next stage is 10 when I cover the arms and the seat with the fabric, prior to adding the stuffed channels.
Before stuffing the channels, I am placing the cut the fabric (this is the fabric, NOT muslin, I chose a light, soft cotton linen) to cover the arms and the seat. Placement with tacks to ensure I like the lines of the fabric, then they get stapled into place. For stage 11, stuffing the channels!
Stapling the fabric.
Stuffing the channels!
Tacking then stapling the channel-back to the chair.
Sewing the cording!